850 research jobs to be supported with investment in science research

Posted in Research on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Investment of almost half a billion euro in cutting-edge science research is set to support the work of up to 850 researchers over the coming years. The Government announced on Thursday that it will invest €230 million in six Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 May]

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IUA welcomes Government announcement of €12m IRC investment in curiosity driven basic research

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the announcement today by Ministers Joe McHugh and John Halligan of €12 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ground-breaking, basic research projects. Twelve researchers will each receive a maximum of €1 million funding under the Irish Research Council’s Advanced Laureate Awards to conduct leading-edge research over four years …” (more)

[IUA, 11 April]

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Research and Development Supports

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): My question relates to research and development. Is the Minister of State satisfied with the level of public research and development funding and capital expenditure in public research? Will he consider introducing a new five-year cycle with respect to the programme for research in third-level institutions, PRTLI? …” (more)

[Dáil debates – Priority Questions, 31 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Research Centres

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the location of each SFI research centre; and the amount of funding allocated to each such centre in 2018 and 2019, by county, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funding

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the capital and current funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland on an annual basis since it was established up to 2018; and the 2019 allocation for same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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PRTLI

Posted in Research on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the introduction of a new five year cycle with respect to the programme for research in third level institutions; the duration of the cycle in operation; and when it ceases …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on January 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the level of public research and development intensity as measured as a percentage of GDP in each of the years 2005 to 2018; and the budgeted figure for 2019, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Trinity sees 33% increase in research funding over last five years

Posted in Research on October 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity received €100.6m in research funding last year, marking an increase from the €74m raised four years ago, and a 33% increase over the last five years. Provost Patrick Prendergast outlined the funding figures at the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Strategy Day Workshop last week …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 26 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Research on October 26th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount allocated to the strategic partnership programme for SFI in each year since it was established; and the number of approved applicants in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Research and Development Supports

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which innovation continues to be a feature of enterprise and investment here; if she remains satisfied that new enterprises have adequate access to innovation technology and-or appropriate assistance from the European Union; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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Govt still failing to meet R&D strategy expenditure targets

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland now appears further away than ever from meeting one of the key targets of its innovation strategy – significantly increased spending on research and development, according to new figures released by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 October]

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Government investment in Research and Development amounts to over €750m in 2018 – Minister Halligan

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD, has welcomed the latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D) published today by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which show that over €750m is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, 5 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland Grants

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): I thank the Minister of State with responsibility for this issue for coming before the House today. I want to raise the issue of the defunding of the INFANT research centre, a perinatal healthcare centre in University College Cork. It is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre that is led by female investigators and the only one of its kind in the State. The centre deals specifically with ensuring better health outcomes for pregnant women and their children and babies, both in utero and after birth …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 3 October]

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Expert quit centre role after ‘flawed’ funding assessment

Posted in Research on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leading expert in the health research landscape said she quit her governance position at a perinatal research centre because the university where it is based failed to challenge Science Foundation Ireland’s decision not to fund it …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan and Elaine Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 October]

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SFI decision to pull funding from INFANT centre follows ‘robust’ process

Posted in Research on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said its decision not to provide a new round of funding for a high-profile research centre was made following a robust process. SFI has decided not to provide a new round of funding to the University College Cork-based INFANT centre once its current allocation comes to an end next year, RTÉ reported on Monday …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 1 October]

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€22 million manufacturing research centre to be hosted in UCD

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD have launched a new advanced manufacturing research centre which is to be hosted in UCD in partnership with 5 other higher education institutes …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 25 September]

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Cork’s Tyndall Institute secures €7m in Horizon 2020 funding

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As one of Europe’s leading research centres and Ireland’s national institute for high-tech hardware, Tyndall has been awarded over €7 million for research projects in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Fundamental research key to academic and national reputation

Posted in Research on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘Innovate or die’ said management guru Peter Drucker, adapting Darwin’s ‘Adapt or die’. It’s become the rallying cry of the 21st century. When every country wants the same thing, how can Ireland be more innovative than the innovators? One obvious answer is to spend more …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 13th, 2018 by steve

“Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done to the state security complex, Alexandra Elbakyan has done to the multibillion-dollar industry that traps knowledge behind paywalls. Sci-Hub, her pirate web scraper service, has done more than any government to tackle one of the biggest rip-offs of the modern era …” (more)

[George Monbiot, Guardian, 13 September]

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Linguistic analysis reveals the hidden details of research grant proposal peer review reports

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2018 by steve

“Despite peer review panels being the most common way of selecting applicants for research funding, little is known about how selections are made. New methods for large-scale text analysis allow for review panels’ written reports to be analysed and studied for patterns. Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström show how the frequency of positive and negative evaluation words correlate with applicants’ final scores …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 10 September]

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